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Okra fries on a plate surrounding a bowl with aioli dipping sauce.
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Okra Fries

Crispy Okra Fries made in an air fryer (or oven) are a healthy side dish or appetizer that takes minutes to prep using frozen okra.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 53kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 15 ounces whole baby okra frozen or fresh; do not defrost. If using large okra, cut in half lengthwise.
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon spice blend or ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  • Toss or spritz whole frozen okra pods with olive oil. Use fingers to coat all sides of the pods with oil. Season with spice blend or salt and pepper.
    Note: You can do all of this in a cool air fryer basket or on a baking sheet

Air Fryer Directions

  • Add okra to air fryer in a single layer.
  • Cook at 390 °F for about 20 minutes, shaking the basket halfway through and checking periodically after that until browned.

Oven Directions

  • Preheat oven to 390 °F.
  • Place okra in a single layer on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
  • Cook for about 30 minutes, flipping okra halfway through. Monitor after turning to ensure that cooked to liking.
  • Remove with tongs and enjoy hot, with or without a dipping sauce.

Notes

There are expert tips and more helpful information above!
  • Seasoning: Any spice blend may be used. We keep a low-salt spice mix to just shake out. For a spicier version, use a Cajun or Creole mix.
  • Disclaimer: Always follow the manufacturer instructions for your air fryer model. The results will vary depending upon the wattage for your machine and how it works.
  • Cooking time: Perfect okra fries are charred, crispy, and definitely not slimy. The exact cook time will vary depending upon the size of the pods, whether they are cooked from frozen, and what method is used.
Dipping Sauce Ideas:
  • Aioli - combine ¼ cup mayonnaise, 1 minced garlic clove, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and a pinch of paprika in a small bowl.
  • Bang Bang Sauce - combine ¼ cup Greek yogurt, 1 ½ Tablespoons sweet chili sauce, ½ teaspoon seasoned rice vinegar, ¼ teaspoon sriracha sauce in a bowl.
  • Ranch dressing!

Nutrition

Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 153mg | Potassium: 318mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 761IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 87mg | Iron: 1mg